Is It Safe to Have a Wedding or Honeymoon in Mexico?

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There has been a lot of recent news about the safety of traveling to Mexico. Outside of COVID-19, other issues have presented themselves that may make you question traveling to this area for a destination wedding or honeymoon. Below, we explore the current situation to assist you in making an educated travel choice.

Mexico and COVID-19

The CDC has recently urged Americans not to travel to Mexico, among other popular travel spots, due to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the area. Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Mexico. With that being said, this is a consideration in planning a trip to the popular honeymoon and vacation spot.

Other Safety Considerations for Mexico

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Outside of COVID-19 considerations, there are other recent safety issues at hand worth thinking through as you contemplate booking a trip to this area. Read below to learn more of what you should look out for.

Mexico’s Increased Level of Violence and Crime

The U.S. has issued travel warnings about violence and crime occurring in Mexico. The Travel.State.Gov website notes, “Violent crime – such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery – is widespread and common in Mexico. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in many areas of Mexico.” As cited by the Washington Post, much of this violence has spiked due to a demand for drugs and cartel violence in the area. The article further denotes that the Mexican government has deployed a Tourist Security Battalion to patrol Cancún, Tulum and the Mexican Riviera, as these are the areas where high crime has been prevalent.

Real News Stories

A slew of news stories have hit the air in recent months about violence and crime in Mexico, specifically in relation to Americans visiting on vacation. For instance, The Points Guy reported in January of 2022 about two tourists being shot and killed at a five-star resort in Playa del Carmen. Additionally, a third tourist was injured in the event.

In November of 2021, a California-based travel blogger was caught in the crossfire of a drug-gang shootout at a resort in tourist hot spot Tulum, as reported by NBC News.

Also in November of 2021, The Guardian reported that at the upscale resort the Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Morelos, just south of Cancun – two people were killed in what state officials say was confrontation between drug dealers. During the confrontation, people arrived by boat and began shooting at people towards the resort’s beach. Although no tourists were killed or kidnapped, they were present for the event.

There have been further reports of tourists being kidnapped and killed around Mexico in recent months, which is certainly something to be aware of in planning a trip.

Particular Areas to Avoid in Mexico

Given the issues as of late, areas like Cancun, Riviera Maya, and Tulum have been cited as some of the most critical to avoid travel to during this time. You can see the full list of travel advisories by Mexican state here.

The Bottom Line: Mexico as a Honeymoon Hot Spot

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While Mexico offers beautiful beaches, elegant resorts, a bustling culture, and alluring packages and pricing—you really need to think through the safety risks as you decide whether you want to travel there for your honeymoon. While many individuals are traveling there safely, there is a risk associated with the current uptick in crime that may weigh on your decision. While every destination does pose the possibility of crime, violence, or unexpected safety issues, it seems that Mexico’s issues have ramped up over the past year or so.

No matter where you choose to travel, exercise increased caution on your trip. If you do decide to travel to Mexico, remain alert and vigilant to keep yourself safe as you enjoy your elopement, wedding, or honeymoon.

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